Cookbooks are a ton of fun to write! And they’re a great way to convey your expertise in any of the health or healthy eating fields. Even with more and more recipes being online, cookbooks are still being purchased and used – especially cookbooks that are around a single topic or theme.
You want your readers to have a great experience with your cookbook – it’s not just about yummy recipes, it’s about creating a literary culture that they enjoy.
During these 5 editing steps, you’ll want to do the step to the WHOLE book. Then do the next step. Yes, that means (at least!) 5 read-throughs of your book, but it’s been proven to be a more effective way of editing – rather than editing each recipe for ALL things and then moving on.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Standardize how you’re listing measurements
During a read-through of my first cookbook, I found that I used the following:
That’s four different ways to say the same thing! Decide on one standard format and will be keeping it the same throughout the book. (And using the same format for cup, pound, and teaspoon, etc.!)
It doesn’t matter what you’re using, but it needs to be the SAME for all instances in the entire book.
You can use a find & replace function to help you make this standard but you need to check EACH and EVERY place you say it – not use the “replace all” function.